Help us and contribute to a CRAPPY EVERYDAY COMPUTER TECH BINGO!

For a short talk at zinecamp this sunday in Rotterdam/NL, we will be doing a small bingo about all the everyday situations created by inaccessible, incompatible, inefficient, rigid, failing, extractivist, environmentally disastrous crappy computer tech.

We do that to address several topics to a broader audience who may not be familiar with notions of vendor lock-in, proprietary standards, software bloat, cornucopianism, siliconization, planned obsolescence, software rot, maximalism, etc, and *yet* are suffering, like everyone else, from all this stuff on a daily basis.

Do you have ideas for silly situations and painful feels? We will make a final version this coming Saturday as well as credit contributors, and point to the post's URL. Of course we will also post the final bingo board here as well :)

(and on the permacomputing wiki of course


:boost_requested: boosts are very very very much appreciated!

This has turned into an epic thread!

had to 🥲 quite a few times

Thanks so much everyone! Also got a few extras via other channels.

Basically there is now enough for two bingo cards: one for people having to rely on crappy everyday computer tech but not necessarily aware of specific software/hardware jargon and practices, and one for those who are more familiar with their inner workings.

We can use the first bingo, as planned, as a device to start discussions around non obvious concepts/patterns, and we can use the second one for group therapies :thinknyan:

We will put the two on the wiki and in this thread.

If you have more, do not hesitate to keep adding, we will make more grids or make room for more entries if needed!

So there's enough stuff for 5 thematically sorted bingo boards! :)
Will first work on one related to the topic of productivity, for the Sunday pres at zinecamp, and will go through the others slowly but surely afterwards. Will also update if anyone adds to the thread!


Well the presentation turned out great. We ended up making a selection of the prompts, and used that to play bingo with the audience for the second half of the presentation. As we were going through the game, people from the audience could share how such or such prompt was relatable or an ongoing source of suffering. The winner got freshly baked cookies as reward. We will do that again for sure.

As for the rest of the prompts, there are so many and they are all so good, so I will just make a quick command line bingo board generator and put some of its output on the wiki :)
(with everyone properly credited ofc)

So if you have more ideas, check the top post of this thread for existing entries and feel free to add missing ones!

Photo credit: @automatist !

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it was great :) thanks for the invite! Can you also share your permacomputing zine generator, would be great to have that on the wiki as well

@neauoire @automatist here you go! That's the one we used, as a small proof of concept selection from all the thread contributions.

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